If you’re a golf fan who doesn’t subscribe to the conventional boredom of chinos and mundane chat, you’re going to fall in love with this place. Better still, it’s the ultimate activity to introduce to your cynical non-golfing friends. In fact, 50% of Topgolf users don’t class themselves as ‘golfers,’ a compliment to a venue that prides itself on offering something for everyone.
So what is it?
“Think of it like bowling or darts, but for golf! When it’s your turn, you hit a golf ball containing a personalised microchip into one of 11 targets ranging from 20 to 240 yards away. Every section of every target has a reader that detects the microchip in your clever golf ball.
That reader computes your score based on the accuracy and distance of the shot and then sends the score to your bay screen. No pencil and paper needed to keep score in this game!”
Conventional wisdom holds that the average time to play a round of golf is approximately four hours. Throw in a fussy professional, inconvenient tee times, and those post-round beers, you’re looking at between 5 and 6 hours of your Saturday. This is simply unmanageable for the vast majority of the population, save your retired uncle, who needs to disappear three times a week to ensure your aunt’s sanity remains in tact.
Topgolf, on the other hand, can be as long or short as you dictate. And when you throw in the other commitments that comes with a busy lifestyle–work, family and friends–this flexibility is a godsend.
A conversation between two London-based golfers found that it’s nearly impossible to find a traditional round of golf within the M25 for less than £30. Again, there are overheads that come with this; trolly-hire, golf balls, you name it, a golf course will hold you by the ankles and shake until your pockets are empty.
Topgolf costs just £6-per-game*, and this places the money ball firmly in your court. Most people don’t want to play 4 hours of golf, the mood can evaporate in an instant and you’re left trawling water hazards for a precious ProV1 to account for an expensive day out.
Trying to convince a novice golfer that conventional play is a fair investment would be like trying to clean the Augean Stables with a toothbrush. Why pick your battles when Topgolf offers a friendly fortress, stocked to the gills with great food and drink.
3. Food and drink
Ask any player and you’ll find that golf’s culinary delights extend to a mid-round bottle of Coke and a Mars bar, maybe even a brown banana if you’re lucky.
The menu at Topgolf is made up of quality food and beverage that becomes a central part of the experience as you share your passion with friends and family. Restricting yourself to an unpalatable sandwich, produced from the depths of your golf bag is masochistic at best. Hitting balls and enjoying something delicious is the perfect marriage.
4. Topgolf is sexy
You can play Topgolf at any moment of the day, perfect for spontaneous planning–a buzzword for those seeking unorganised fun.
Topgolf* is open 9:00am – 12:00am five days a week, and 9:00am – 1:00am on Friday and Saturday. You can literally squeeze it in at any point of the day, or plan your evening out, free from the shackles of having to call it a night early. Couple that with awesome food, drink and music, and you really can cover all bases, offering an avenue into the game you love, for the people you love.
*Prices and opening times vary at Topgolf Surrey.